Latos Fans 9 As Padres Beat Rockies 2-1
DENVER (AP) — Mat Latos tossed 8 2-3 shutout innings, Orlando Hudson had two hits and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Latos (8-14) got just his third win since June 27 despite stringing together 10 straight quality starts. He struck out a season-high nine and came within a pitch of his second career complete game.
Eric Young Jr. had two hits for Colorado, which has lost six straight.
Latos had the advantage of facing a Colorado lineup devoid of star power. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (left hip), first baseman Todd Helton (back) and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez (right wrist) were all out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game. Tulowitzki pinch-hit in the eighth, the first time he has played since Sept. 13.
The three have combined for 70 home runs and 266 RBIs, and Gonzalez, who is hitting .295, is the only one of the three hitting below .300.
With the trio out manager Jim Tracy has used a patchwork lineup. The Rockies used four positions players in Tuesday’s game who were called up from Triple-A within the last month. Three of them made their major-league debuts in the last two weeks.
The Padres didn’t need much offense against Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin to win for the fourth time in the last five games. Jason Bartlett scored on Hudson’s single in the first to make it 1-0, and Hudson and Jeremy Hermida hit consecutive doubles in the sixth to make it 2-0.
Chacin (11-13) allowed one earned run and six hits, struck out four and walked two in six innings.
The Rockies spoiled the shutout in the ninth. Dexter Fowler hit a bloop double to center with one out, Seth Smith struck out and rookie Jordan Pacheco singled up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to score Fowler.
Heath Bell came in and gave up a single to Kevin Kouzmanoff before striking out Wilin Rosario to get his 40th save.
The Rockies had runners at the corners and one out in the eighth, but Latos struck out Tulowitzki looking and got Young to ground out to end the inning.
Notes: Padres 1B Kyle Bass left in the first inning with a right quadriceps strain. … Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio had his neck brace removed Tuesday. Nicasio suffered a fractured vertebra when he was struck in the head by a line drive Aug. 5. … RHP Anthony Bass will start for San Diego in the series finale Wednesday. Aaron Cook throws for the Rockies in what could be his final home start for Colorado. Cook is the franchise leader in wins, starts and innings pitched but has struggled in the last year of his contract.
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